Thursday, January 24, 2013

fairytale friday installment 1: the little mermaid


This is the first installment of my new Fairy Tale series I'm doing for FFWD Weekly. I'm pretty excited about it, I think they're some of the best pieces I've made!

Every week (for the next 8 weeks or so) will be a new fairy tale illustration, so collect them all! I will post them up here on Fridays for the sake of alliteration (issues are released on Thursdays though).

This scene depicts the little mermaid's voice being taken by the witch.

I don't know if I'll have time to delve so extensively into my process for each of these, but I thought I would for this one anyways. I love seeing artist's processes, and I get asked about my own quite often, so hopefully someone can take something away from this!

I started off trying to come up with the idea, here are just a bunch of ideas I started with overlayed over each other. I sort of knew what scene I wanted to try to depict already.

Once I had the general idea, I started coming up with some character designs for the witch character in the bottom left there.

This was going to be the general idea, as well as the basic composition.

 I have refined the character designs here, as well as the environment. I wanted the witch to have a witch doctor/shaman vibe and for there to be an occult feeling in the ritual/spell he was executing.

Tightening up the composition. By having the mermaid pressing herself against the rock more, it increases the tension and further implies that it is an unpleasant experience.

Here I have inked all the elements and am beginning to lay in the flats.

The flats are almost all put in, I haven't started worrying about colors at all at this point (though some of the teal ends up staying fairly similar).

I'm beginning to play with the colors more at this stage.

Shadows and highlights are added in for the finished piece.

Hopefully this isn't too much boring info!

Your song of the day is not under the sea, instead, listen to How To Dress Well's Ocean Floor for Everything.

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